Mother and son dead after Md. house fire; no working smoke alarms inside

WASHINGTON — A mother and son are dead following a house fire early Wednesday morning in Montgomery County, right along the Maryland and D.C. line — and authorities say there were no working smoke alarms in the house.

Fire officials are calling these the first and second residential fire fatalities of the year in the county.

The names of the mother and son have not yet been released.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service personnel arrived at the 4900 block of Western Avenue around 1 a.m. Between 60 and 65 firefighters from Montgomery County and D.C. Fire fought the blaze.

Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said a neighbor made the first call reporting the “fully involved” house fire across the street.

The Montgomery County home where a mother and son lost their lives after a fire Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS)
The Montgomery County home where a mother and son lost their lives after a fire Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS)
A fire raged at this Montgomery County home Wednesday motning. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS)
A fire raged at this Montgomery County home Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS)
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Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said they arrived to the fire on Western Avenue at around 1 a.m. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire )
Western Avenue Fire
Firefighters removed two people from the Western Avenue home but they did not survive. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire)
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As of 3:30 a.m., the fire has been controlled, but crews are still working on “hot spots” at the Western Avenue fire. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire)
Western Avenue fire
Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer says the Western Avenue fire is the first and second residential fire fatality of the year in the county. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire)
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Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said a neighbor first called reporting the fire on the 4900 block of Western Avenue. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire) (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire )
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The Montgomery County home where a mother and son lost their lives after a fire Wednesday morning. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS)
A fire raged at this Montgomery County home Wednesday motning. (Courtesy Montgomery County Fire & EMS)
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Western Avenue Fire
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Western Avenue fire
western avenue fire

According to officials, the mother and her son were the only two occupants of the house.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but authorities believe it started in the living room. They also said there were no working smoke alarms in the house.

Estimates total $1 million in damages from the blaze.

Chief Goldstein said that people should be careful about space heaters and fireplaces as those cause many house fires in the cold-weather months.

WTOP’s Will Vitka contributed to this report.


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